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FromThePresident
BY PAM BAUGHMAN, VRWA PRESIDENT

2017 Legislative Efforts
your Virginia Rural Water Association Board headed to Richmond,
Virginia to conduct legislative visits with leaders of the Commonwealth.

ON JANUARY 18-19, 2017,

No system,
small or large,
is immune to
the struggle
of providing
reliable,
sustainable
drinking water
and returning
effluent
back into the
environment at
a high quality
level - it is just
economies
of scale.

On February 7-8, 2017, your Virginia Rural
Water Association legislative team headed to
Washington, D.C. to conduct legislative visits
with members of Congress and the Senate from
the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Why do we do this? To keep funding for programs that provide technical assistance, training
and equipment available for you, our membership. We do this to make sure the leaders from
the Commonwealth of Virginia are aware of
the work we do and to let them know if there is
a need in a constituent's community, we can be
contacted to help. Basically, we are reminding
them that we are still around doing what we do.
These visits can be difficult, time-consuming
and frustrating, depending on the person's office
you are visiting. Sometimes these folks have
other things on their minds or other agendas
they want to accomplish while in office. I don't
mean to imply that they don't care about meeting
the Safe Drinking Water Act or about communities being able to provide safe potable drinking
water or treating effluent to a level to meet the
regulations, but sometimes rural America just
doesn't seem to be a priority.
One way to ensure our elected officials understand our mission is to build and foster open

relationships with them. I encourage everyone
reading this article to do just that, build and foster
good communications with your Commonwealth
of Virginia leaders and Senate Representatives.
After all, they work for you.
Remind these legislative leaders that rural
America is necessary for agriculture and manufacturing and that 80 percent of all water consumed and used in urban America flows through
rural America. This is not to say that urban
America isn't important, quite the contrary. Most
shopping and cultural events can be experienced
in urban America. The point I am trying to make
is that we are all in this together and we depend
on each other for different reasons, products or
services and experiences.
It became apparent to me that rural and urban
water and wastewater systems face the exact same
struggles when I spoke at a public hearing for
the Department of Environmental Quality's TriAnnual Review. When I finished, a representative
from the city of Richmond spoke. She agreed with
what I had just said, but went on to say that they
spent more money, upgraded more infrastructure
and had more customers to share the cost. No system, small or large, is immune to the struggle of
providing reliable, sustainable drinking water and
returning effluent back into the environment at a
high quality level - it is just economies of scale.
Regardless of your political affiliation,
President Trump was elected by RURAL
AMERICA. It is time that we let our representatives know the struggles we face on a daily
basis, including the struggle in meeting regulations, keeping aging infrastructure in operation,
providing services at a fair and equitable cost,
retaining and attracting qualified employees
and providing the best service to our customers. Together, "Let's Make Rural America
Great Again."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2017

From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
Locating Plastic Pipe
The Value of VRWA
Portable Ladder Safety
The Chesapeake Bay
These Boots Are Made For...What?
RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Intro
Streamline - Summer 2017 - cover1
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - Locating Plastic Pipe
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Value of VRWA
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Portable Ladder Safety
Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Chesapeake Bay
Streamline - Summer 2017 - These Boots Are Made For...What?
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - 34
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 36
Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 38
Streamline - Summer 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Committees
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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